“When the weekend comes along, it’s time to let loose. This chart breaks down the differences between men’s and women’s BAC levels on the weekends and during the week, and by age.
Though men indulge more than women both during the week and on the weekends, both genders see an uptick in alcohol consumption on Saturday and Sunday. Both men’s and women’s BAC levels nearly double come week’s end.
Men go from a BAC level of about 0.015 percent to about 0.043 percent on the weekends, which is more than double that of the week’s BAC levels. Women, on the other hand, start with a slightly lower BAC during the week, at around a 0.014 percent, and increase to about 0.038 percent. Again, the weekend average BAC level is more than double that of the week’s average, but women are showing a trend of consuming less alcohol overall.
When looking at the breakdown by age, of the 1,000 surveyed, people in their early- to mid-20s tended to have the highest BAC levels on the weekends, as indicated by the number of red circles above the 0.08 percent line. The number over the legal limit begins to taper off dramatically around the mid-30s.
According to the NHTSA, drivers aged 21 to 34 accounted for 59 percent of total drunk drivers in 2014 overall. This statistic falls in line with the graph above, stating that weekend BAC levels tend to be highest in those in that age range. After age 34, weekend BAC levels above the legal limit tend to be more of a rarity.”